Many of us like to end a training session with a refreshing swim, but would you consider heading straight to the pool instead of the weights room next time you work out?

Aqua Tai Chi

Designed by Jun Konno in the early 1990s, this water based tai chi exercise has made waves throughout the East and West as one of the latest exercises to add to your list. Any form of exercise that involves water (hydrotherapy) is considered beneficial, and this one in particular unites the mind and body. With its martial art base, it strengthens and relaxes the body at the same time. Namaste.

Boutique Aqua-Biking

Spinning is one of the most popular group classes across the globe, but many people don’t realise you can now do it in the water. Believed to have started in Italy in the 1990s, the trend has gradually travelled East with specially made spinning pools to be found now in Dubai. As well as getting a killer cardio workout, you’ll benefit from powerful water jets that massage your joints as you pedal. That’s a warm up, training session and cool down all in one!

Swim-Sanity

It isn’t news to us that HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) is one of the biggest cardio crazes out there at the moment. But how about taking that into the pool? London-based ‘Swim-Sanity’ is a watery homage to the massively popular – and incredibly difficult – Insanity workout by Shaun T. Circuit training in the pool can offer all of the same benefits as doing it on dry land, and it’s easier on your joints too.

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